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Happy - Full Length Play, Drama


Robert Caisley

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573701696

by Robert Caisley

Happy is a play about how vicious and enviable we can be of those who possess a natural joie de vivre.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The entire action of the play takes place in Eduardo’s apartment, an artist’s loft cum living space.


No intermission

Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Alfred is happy about his life. He's happy with his job. He's happy with his marriage. He's even happily raising his special needs daughter. However, when his best friend invites him to meet the latest woman in his life, things spin out of control. 

“90 wild and intriguing minutes! Caisley’s script is funny, deliberately unnerving, full of smart dialogue and stinging rejoinders.” – Christine Dolen, The Miami Herald

“Dinner-disaster dramedy on a grand scale. [Caisley] successfully engineers a transition from uncomfortable comedy of un-manners to full-blown psychodrama – doing so in a much more elegant and complex way than Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage.” – John Thomason, Miami New Times

“The suspense builds tantalizingly as we peer inside the disturbing world of [Caisley’s] characters.” – Ronni Reich, The Star Ledger

“Eva is perhaps the most vicious, cruel, vindictive, and thoroughly hateable character I’ve encountered on stage in years, and she’s also one of the most fascinating. Just a truly excellent new play…that resembles Broadway hits like God of Carnage, which Happy ultimately surpasses, and even has thematic links to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" – David Templeton, KRCB

“Edgy entertainment.” - Michael Sommers, The New York Times

Happy was first produced in a rolling world premiere, as part of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life Program, by New Theatre, Miami, Florida, Ricky J. Martinez, Artistic Director/Eileen Suarez Managing Director; Montana Repertory Theatre, Missoula, Montana Gregory T. Johnson, Artistic Director; New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Long Branch, New Jersey, Gabor Barabas, Executive Producer/Suzanne Barabas, Artistic Director/Jane E. Huber Managing Director; 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, California, Craig A. Miller, Artistic Director/Michael Fontaine, Managing Director 


2m, 2f


Ensemble cast


N/A (Not a musical)

ALFRED REHM – 40s; he is happy
MELINDA – his wife; 40s; she is happy
EDUARDO – his friend; 60s; extraordinarily vibrant for his age; speaks with a slight accent; he is happy
EVA – 20s, she is not happy
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Robert Caisley

Robert Caisley

Robert Caisley is Associate Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His play Happy, presented at the 2011 National New Play Network (NNPN) Annual Showcase of New Plays, was a Finalist this year for both the Eugene O’Neill Theatre ... view full profile

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Emily Williamson 4/24/2014 10:55 AM
Michael Colucci 4/3/2014 6:34 PM
Our production of HAPPY was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding shows we've ever done at our theatre. The script is completely engaging, start to finish, and playwright Robert Caisley has created four terrific, fully-dimensional characters, each with their strengths and weaknesses, and each of whom contributes to the story in a seamless, well-integrated way. Quite simply, this is one of the best new plays I've read in many years, and it will surely have a long and exciting theatrical life. It deserves all the accolades it has received, and it will delight audiences—and grab them by the throat—every time it is staged. Long live HAPPY!! Michael Colucci, Artistic Director, Redtwist Theatre, Chicago.
Angela Billadeau 10/29/2013 4:47 PM
Perfect combination of unique characters, back stories, and timing.  Beautiful reveal.  Brutally honest.  CLEVER SCRIPT.  LOVE this piece.  LOVE IT!!!  Thank you, Rob Caisley!  So HAPPY to see you in print with this work.

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